Join WVAIA‘s Gary Moak on Saturday, Dec. 28, for a free guided hike to Cone Pond. Meet at Town Square gazebo by 9 a.m., return by noon. Cone Pond is found in a seldom-hiked part of Thornton, southwest of Welch-Dickey, at an elevation of 1500 ft. on Cone Mountain.
Hikers will park on Sugar Run Road in Thornton to access an unofficial trail used by locals. It is unrated, but the round-trip distance is about 2.5 miles. The hike is mostly easy and very pretty, but the “trail” is moderately steep in sections, and there are a few areas with slightly challenging footing. If conditions are icy or crusty, Microspikes, Yaktrax, or similar gear will be desirable, and snowshoes may be needed if we get new snow.
Bring water and snacks.
My son, Tyler, hiked Cone Pond a couple of summers ago. Tyler snapped the photo, below, which shows one of the research stations for the Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study. Cone Pond has been – and continues to be – heavily studied by scientists. Interestingly, Cone Pond does not have any history of human habitation or forest harvest and is one of the most acidic bodies of water in New Hampshire with an average pH of 4.6.
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